Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

Coaxing closet writers to emerge and make their magic known!

Hi everyone. This summer, Rich and I will be teaching courses at Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library.

Rich is offering  a 5-week course on how to make a Book Trailer. The cost is $113, which includes HST. To find out if this course is for you, he is also offering a FREE one-hour Book Trailer introduction at the Library on July 10th. The dates for the actual course are July 17, August 7, 14, 28 – from 7 to 9 p.m.  Register at www.wsplibrary.ca or call 905-642-7323. This course is the result of popular demand for Rich to lengthen his tremendously popular Book Trailer workshop delivered through WCDR and OWC. You CAN make your own book trailer. Come find out how.

On those same evenings, I will teach “Make Money Writing,” the popular course I taught earlier this year. Discover a variety of paying markets and how to approach editors and other potential clients. Learn how you can make a part- or full-time living manipulating words. I have had tremendous success over the last 20 years, and I love helping other writers make the most of their skills and talent. Same place, same time, same fee, same registration info.

We hope to see you there.


I made the long list for the 2014 Writers’ Community of Durham Region Short Fiction Contest! I’m pumped, for sure. After a 21-year career as a freelance writer engaged 99 per cent in non-fiction, it’s fun to see my fiction earn attention. Whatever happens, I’m thrilled to be on the long list. We’ll find out in mid-June who the winners are. Congratulations to everyone on the list!

Oh, and this summer I’m offering a 5-week course called “Make Money Writing” at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library. Rich will also be teaching a 5-week course called “Create Your Own Book Trailer.” Register now before the classes fill up! Visit www.wsplibrary.ca



I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a geek. To me, it’s  much more than watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and thinking that math is fun. Geekdom is a state of mind that places us in a world of intellectual pursuits from which we can escape to do occasional other things like watch The Real Housewives of … Something. To me, being a geek is being oneself, even when “oneself” does not fall into the parameters of what is universally considered “cool.”

It’s not easy being geek, especially in high school. Teenagers may have more patience for the smarty pants set now that Big Bang Theory is such a hit, but I suspect not. When I went to high school, we were the ones who were made fun of, ridiculed and ostracized by the football-playing, cheerleading crowd. Today, those cool kids rely on us to fix their computers and life problems.

I have always found nerds cool. I’d rather chat with someone who understands physics more than hockey; who gets more excited about the space program than American Idol. I may not know who the Kardashians are, but I know that string theory is a controversial connector of quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Years ago, I gave up trying to be what society wanted me to be. I am who I am, and I like what I like, and I don’t care what’s “in” at the moment in any area of life. Geekdom is the freedom to be whatever and whomever I choose to be on any given day.

So there.







TWO chances to take writing courses from The Writing Fairy this spring! I’ll be teaching “Six Weeks to a Short Story” on Wednesday evenings beginning April 30th, and “Spring into Writing” on Thursday afternoons beginning May 1st. Details at www.blueheronbooks.com. Hope to see you there!



This spring, I will offer two courses at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario.

* Write a Short Story in 6 Weeks – come out at the other end with a decent draft of a story you can polish for submission (Wednesday evenings)

* Spring Ahead into Writing – an introduction to creative writing (Thursday afternoons)

Details will be on the www.blueheronbooks.com website soon!